Since the 19th century, finding a navigable route in the frozen Arctic waters between Greenland and Canada’s Arctic islands has caused a race between developed nations. Many sailors who struggled with extreme weather conditions lost their lives because of this. However, some experts predict that the route will become commercially viable in the near future as the sea ice retreats during the summer months.
For some, this event will revolutionize the global shipping industry. For others, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Environmental groups fear that an increased volume of shipping traffic crossing pristine Arctic waters will harm slow-growing marine ecosystems. In particular, they fear that a ship may encounter a mishap in far polar waters, resulting in a potentially devastating pollution event.